A couple of days we ago we told you that there was much support among moderate Muslims for Donald Trump’s “pause” on immigration. Today we have some even more surprising news: At least one Muslim-majority nation wholeheartedly supports the president’s executive order.
On Wednesday, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), told the media that Trump was right to act in an effort to protect the United States from terrorism:
[B]in Zayed said most Muslims and Muslim countries were not included in the ban and the named states faced “challenges” that they needed to address.
“The United States has taken a decision that is within the American sovereign decision.”
The foreign minister also expressed confidence that the Trump administration wasn’t acting against Islam, but against a specific group of countries who could not control their extremist populations.
There are attempts to give the impression that this decision is directed against a particular religion, but what proves this talk to be incorrect first is what the U.S. administration itself says … that this decision is not directed at a certain religion.
The is a temporary ban and it will revised in three months, so it is important that we put into consideration this point. Some of these countries that were on this list are countries that face structural problems. These countries should try to solve these issues … and these circumstances before trying to solve this issue with the United States.
He also expressed tepid support for President Trump’s proposal to establish a safe zone in Syria:
If the aim behind these areas is humanitarian and temporary and under an international umbrella, I think this is a basis we can work on, but I think that it is still early to decide what our final stance toward these zones is before we hear from the new U.S. administration the ideas and develop that further.
This dovetails nicely with Saudi Arabia’s decision to also support Trump’s initiatives at setting up safe zones in Syria and Yemen, as an alternative to shipping refugees across the planet to find safety.
“The president requested, and the King agreed, to support safe zones in Syria and Yemen, as well as supporting other ideas to help the many refugees who are displaced by the ongoing conflicts,” the Saudi government said in a statement. Apparently, the Saudi government also invited President Trump to take the “lead” in a “Middle East effort to defeat terrorism and to help build a new future, economically and socially” for the region.
It sounds as though the new leader of the free world is laying a strong foundation for future partnerships in the Middle East.
Cross-posted at Constitution.com